RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the Pope's trip to Morocco (all times local):
Pope Francis is telling a group of migrants seeking protection in Morocco that they are "at the center of the church's heart," not on its margins, and deserve to welcomed, cared for and integrated into their new homes.
Francis denounced the "merchants of human flesh" who traffic in desperation and called for greater legal channels for migration during a visit to a Catholic charity caring for the migrants who have flocked to Morocco seeking passage to Europe.
And he said all migrants, regardless of their legal status, deserved protection, particularly the most vulnerable children and women. The pope told them "you are not the marginalized. You are at the center of the church's heart."
Morocco last year became the main destination for sub-Saharan African migrants seeking to reach Europe via Spain.